Air Show Tragedy: Pilot, Wing Walker Jane Wicker Killed in Fiery Crash as Crowd Watches at the Vectren Air Show in Ohio (VIDEO)
Air Show Tragedy in Ohio.
Two people are dead, the pilot and wing walker Jane Wicker, after their aerial stunt went terribly wrong at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio. Pilot Charlie Schwenker was also killed in the crash; however, no one on the ground was injured. According to the Dayton Daily News, stunt walker Jane Wicker’s 450 HP Stearman plane burst into flames after it hit the ground at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow. We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events.
No one else was involved in the accident.
A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker, authorities said.
The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton in front of thousands of horrified spectators. No one else was hurt.
A video from CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames as spectators screamed.
“All of a sudden I heard screaming and looked up and there was a fireball,” Stan Thayer of Wilmington, Ohio, told WHIO-TV.
Shawn Warwick of New Knoxville said he was watching the plane through binoculars.
“I noticed it was upside-down really close to the ground; she was sitting on the bottom of the plane,” Warwick told WHIO-TV. “I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.”